Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video DC and DS repeats, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] When long sections of music are repeated,…and using repeat bar lines gets overly complicated,…you either need to notate the music without repeats…or look for other options.…When that problem occurs,…you might consider using text repeats.…So da capo and dal segno repeats, really,…have been around for a long time…and were used with arias and minuets…from orchestral music and other things like that.…And they're used where large sections…of music are getting repeated.…Now the first one we're gonna take a look at is called…a DC or da capo, which literally means "the head."…So when this type of repeat occurs,…you're playing through the music…and when you get to the DC,…you simply return to the very top…and start to repeat that from the top…until you see other instructions that tell you where to go.…
Now, an example of that kind would be…a DC al fee-nee or a da capo al fee-nay.…So in this case we're gonna play the music,…when we get to the fine the first time,…we're gonna keep playing right through it.…And we're gonna continue until we see the DC al fine.…
It starts with notating pitch (clefs) and duration, including note lengths and rests. He moves into discussing flats, sharps, naturals, and key signatures, and the unique symbols for musical expression, including dynamics and articulations. He goes over notating chords and chord progressions, and the addition of vocals and lyrics. The course wraps with some score formatting tips and notation examples for piano, guitar, and drums, which pull together all the information into complete, publication-worthy pieces of sheet music.
- Notating pitch with clefs
- Notating duration
- Adding time signature and bars
- Using dots and ties
- Modifying pitch
- Notating scales
- Communicating expressions such as tempo and performance
- Notating chord progressions
- Notating vocals and lyrics
- Formatting a score
Skill Level Beginner
1. Notating Pitch
2. Notating Duration and Rhythm
3. Modifying Pitch and Scales
4. Communicating Expression
5. Notating Form
6. Notating Chords and Chord Progressions
7. Slash and Rhythmic Notation
8. Vocal Music and Lyrics
9. Score and Part Formatting
10. Notation Examples
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